This is a feel-good article that comes out of Ohio, where volunteers with a no-kill cat shelter are taking their cats into nursing homes to bring a bit of happiness to the residents. One of the disadvantages to entering a nursing home is the lack of animal companionship. Many of the residents had pets while living on their own and miss them dearly, and while there are a lot of therapy pets who visit the residents, they’re mostly dogs.
Ohio Alleycat Resource (OAR) runs a small no-kill cat shelter in Madisonville where they offer fully-vetted adoptable cats. Volunteers take the calm mature cats to visit the nursing homes in the Cincinnati area as part of their Pet Adoption for Loving Seniors (PALS) program. The seniors visited with the cats on Friday, where they were allowed to pet and cuddle the felines. Another visit is planned for Tuesday, August 9th.
OAR volunteer Sister Eileen Connelly stated in an interview with WKRC News Cincinnati
“It brings tears to your eyes literally because these are people that love cats and have had them for many years and as the residents here have said, it just brings back so many memories and they enjoy just holding the cats and feeling that connection.”
A donation link is listed on the OAR website for anyone wishing to support their programs, which include a TNR program and a high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
Great job OAR! You’re doing a service to the cats in your community and providing nursing home residents with the happiness that only comes from stroking a sweet kitty.
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